Eric Winston has every right to believe he’ll start at right tackle for the Cardinals.
The seven-year veteran hasn’t missed a start since 2006, running his streak to 103. Last season, Winston helped Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles set career highs of 285 carries and 1,509 yards.
But Winston isn’t taking anything for granted, especially after the unemployed summer he experienced. He was released by the Chiefs in early March and signed with the Cardinals on Thursday.
Winston entered camp grateful for an opportunity but hungry to prove his worth.
“You compete every year you’re in the league,” he said. “Those guys who don’t think they’re competing in the league are usually out
Coach Bruce Arians said Winston is in an open competition with
Last season Winston allowed just four sacks, according to Pro Football Focus, his lowest total in three years. Keeping
“We’re going to have to keep him clean, we’re going to have to open up some holes, create some chances in the play-action game and do everything that we do,” Winston said.
Winston was attracted to the Cardinals because they’re a “sleeper team in a way.” But what lured him to Arizona was a simple human need.
“They wanted me more than anything,” Winston said. “I think you want to go somewhere you’re wanted.”
FROSTEE PUT ON ICE
Rucker was taken off the non-football injury/illness list but is dealing with a slight calf strain.
HEAT TO TEMPER KITCHENS’ RETURN
Quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens has been cleared to return to coaching by doctors, but Arians implemented his own restrictions on his former player. Kitchens wasn’t allowed to coach during the Cardinals’ two outdoor practices Tuesday and Wednesday. Arians said Friday he’s still deciding whether he’ll let Kitchens, who was rushed to a Phoenix hospital on June 4 due to an aorta defect, coach during the team’s three outdoor practices during training camp.
“As long as were indoors, full-speed ahead,” Arians said.
THREE OUTDOOR PRACTICES SCHEDULED
Arians shared more details about the three outdoor practices he mentioned Thursday. In order to get the Cardinals accustomed to playing outdoors in pads, Arians will take the team back to their Tempe practice facility three times, one being Aug. 1. The other two are undetermined but Arians said he’ll move practices that were initially scheduled to be held in the team’s new bubble outside, but will look at the weather forecast first.
“The nice thing about it, when we have them scheduled the bubbles are available and they’ll be right next to us and they’ll be ready to go,” Arians said.